The case to determine whether or not David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress should face a criminal trial for felony invasion of privacy when they exposed Planned Parenthood’s sordid practice of exchanging aborted fetal remains for massive sums of cash is currently underway and this week, a Planned Parenthood staffer made a stunning admission on the stand.
Prosecutors say the footage CMP obtained by creating a fake biotech firm and using pseudonyms in order to pose as buyers interested in fetal tissue was obtained illegally, but CMP argues that the National Abortion Foundation’s Exhibitor Rules and Regulations did not prohibit video recording.
According to a summary by CMP, one California Planned Parenthood staffer, referred to only as “Doe 7,” testified on Tuesday that “she provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did at Planned Parenthood as a regular occurrence.”
“When asked if she had ever heard of StemExpress, Doe 7 said she had heard of cases in which StemExpress was involved and money was exchanged. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Northern California are both under ongoing FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigation for selling fetal organs and tissue against the law,” the summary continues, referring to a biotech company infamous for procuring aborted baby parts for medical research.
On Wednesday, a “famous 3rd-trimester abortion doctor” identified as “Doe 3,” claimed that she did not remember StemExpress. “[B]ut when questioned further, she acknowledged that workers from a procurement company that resold fetal organs and tissues made visits to the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte clinic she worked at in Fresno, CA.”
The NAF’s vice president of external relations, Melissa Fowler, claimed under oath that although she didn’t know what a “fetal tissue procurement organization” was, she recognized StemExpress as a “repeat NAF vendor,” CMP added. Fowler also testified that she had no knowledge of the sale of fetal body parts in question.
“What today has revealed is the prosecution by the attorney general is political in nature and built on a house of cards,” said Merritt’s attorney, Horatio Mihet, according to Courthouse News.
Daleiden’s attorney, Peter Breen, further drove home the point that California’s penal code, enacted under the California Invasion of Privacy Act, excludes any conversation that can be reasonably overheard or recorded.
“None of the content was confidential,” Breen said, adding that Daleiden should be covered by the state’s shield laws, which protect undercover investigative journalists.
According to The Christian Post, Breen elaborated in a follow-up interview that selling fetal tissue when the mother did not consent to such a sale constitutes “medical battery.”
During the proceedings, Breen cross-examined Doe 7 and, referencing the concept of medical battery, asked her if she had performed any “violent acts.” The witness was apparently confused by the question.
“If a person taping has a reasonable belief that they’re collecting evidence related to violent felonies, they’re OK,” Breen explained in the interview. “If you can get any counts thrown out, it’s a win.”
“The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along,” Daleiden said in a statement after the proceedings. “This is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children.”
As we’ve previously reported, CMP has a major uphill in California, where legislators and judges are bought and paid for by massive campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood. Even if CMP finally receives their well-deserved vindication in this case, we still have yet to truly win the war for the unborn.
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